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Join the team behind RELEVANT Magazine every Tuesday and Friday. Tackling the intersection of faith and culture like no one else — all with a hilarious twist! Sometimes poignant, sometimes random, and sometimes a little bit secular. Each episode includes thought-provoking interviews with leaders, influencers, and artists you don't want to miss.

Episode Date
Episode 735: Lisa Sharon Harper and John Mark McMillan

On today’s show, Lisa Sharon Harper joins us. Lisa is an author, speaker and founder of the justice group Freedom Road. She’s also an Auburn Seminary Senior fellow and her latest book is called The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right. Lisa is one of 40 activists, artists, leaders and influencers to take part a series of roundtable interviews in the 100th issue of RELEVANT, discussing the future of the Church and the issues will shape it moving forward. 

Also, singer/songwriter John Mark McMillan joins us for the whole show as we discuss why American Christians don’t know much about other faiths, how millennials fare at DYI tasks, a creepy trend among Disneyland goers, plus your feedback and a lot more!

Aug 20, 2019
Episode 734: Jon Foreman

On today’s show, Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman joins us to talk about the stirring op-ed he wrote for RELEVANT on how Christians should respond to the gun violence epidemic. The gang also discusses what happens when high-profile leaders wrestle with doubt, the new Terrence Malick religious war film, hears Lauren Daigle’s take on a worship classic and we take your questions!



1.VÉRITÉ, "Ocean"

2.Brother Sundance, "Monsters (feat. Ella Boh)"

3.Becca VanDerbeck, Matt Heath & Noel Goff, "Summertime"

4.SHAED, "Thunder"



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Aug 16, 2019
Episode 733: Samuel Rodriguez

On today’s show, we talk with writer, pastor, speaker and National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference President Rev. Samuel Rodriguez about the future of the church and the issues that will shape it moving forward as part of our ongoing look at our issue 100 roundtable conversations.

Also, Eddie returns as we discuss Nicolas Cage’s real-life hunt for the Holy Grail, America’s changing views on religious organizations, plus your feedback and a lot more!

Aug 13, 2019
Episode 732: Mat Kearney

On today’s show, we talk with Mat Kearney about his new EP, City of Black and White Revisited. The gang also discusses Lauren Daigle’s record-breaking week, hears how Chance the Rapper's wife changed his life and his faith, listens to a conversation between Pastor Levi Lusko and Yves Saint Laurent North America President Brant Cryder, plus, we take your questions and a lot more.

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Aug 09, 2019
Episode 731: Jo Saxton

On today’s show, we talk with writer and speaker Jo Saxton about calling, purpose and what making an impact will look like in the future, as part of our ongoing look at our issue 100 roundtable conversations.

The gang also learns why millennials are the loneliest generation, discusses our first episode preview of HBO’s televangelism comedy The Righteous Gemstones, learns why phone games might be better than mindfulness apps and a lot more!



1.Fitz and the Tantrums, "I Just Wanna Shine"

2.Grizfolk, "Hurricane"

3.Wildermiss, "Hell or High Water"

4.Ed Sheeran, "Beautiful People (feat. Khalid)"

Aug 06, 2019
Episode 730: Hillsong Worship’s Brooke Ligertwood
On today’s show, Hillsong Worship’s Brooke Ligertwood tells us about their brand-new single “King of Kings.” Also, Jamie Ivey and Annie join us as we discuss the new releases from NF and Chance the Rapper, learn about the new law that could make sharing memes a $15,000 offense, break down the upcoming Netflix docuseries about the National Prayer Breakfast, take your questions and a lot more!
Aug 02, 2019
Episode 729: Derek Minor

On today’s show, we talk with rapper Derek Minor about the future of the church and culture and why casual racism is so harmful. Derek was one of 40 artists, thinkers, leaders and activists to join us for a series of roundtable interviews in the 100th issue of RELEVANT. Also, Annie returns as the gang discusses a new discovery related to the Shroud of Turin, finds out how trashy TV might be making us dumber, hears your best/worst dad jokes and a lot more!



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Jul 30, 2019
Episode 728: Jamie Bell

On today’s show, we talk with actor Jamie Bell about his brand-new movie Skin and the power of redemption. The gang also discusses Rich Wilkerson Jr.’s Sunday Service sermon, the new Mister Rogers movie, Katy Perry's legal battle with a Christian rapper and a lot more!

Jul 26, 2019
Episode 727: Natalie Manuel Lee

On today’s podcast, we talk with influencer and host of Hillsong Channel’s “Now with Natalie” Natalie Manuel Lee about the future of faith and culture. The gang also discusses the power of the laugh track, how to have more productive conversations about climate change with fellow Christians, a new drone technology that is fighting deforestation, plus a lot more!

Jul 23, 2019
Episode 726: Scot McKnight

On today’s show, we talk with Scot McKnight, theologian and author of the new book Reading Romans Backwards: A Gospel of Peace in the Midst of Empire. We hear from Scot about the book and why so it’s essential to see the modern social implications of Paul’s most famous letter.

Also, Jamie Ivey returns as we discuss a new film about religious refugees starring Chris Evans, Khalid’s surprise karaoke performance of “Hallelujah,” Instagram's plan to remove likes and we take your questions.



1.Inhaler, "My Honest Face"

2.Jaden, "Summertime in Paris (feat. Willow)"

3.Mosa Wild, "Night"

4.Blood Orange, "Benzo"



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Jul 19, 2019
Episode 725: John Mark McMillan

On today’s show, we talk with singer and artist John Mark McMillan about how church, music and culture have evolved in the last 10 years—and where they might be headed next. Also, Annie returns and we discuss the plan to “storm” Area 51, how a church is canceling medical debt for families in need, why the person behind the “Florida Man” meme has decided to shut it down and a lot more!



1.Billie Eilish & Justin Bieber, "bad guy"

2.Of Monsters and Men, "Wild Roses"

3.NF, "Time"

4.Bon Iver, "Faith"

Jul 16, 2019
Episode 724: Crowder

On today’s show, we talk with David Crowder about his recent collaborations with Mandisa and Social Club Misfits and why the idea of “worship” music is evolving. Also, Bianca Olthoff and Propaganda join us as we discuss faith’s role in the new season of The Bachelorette, Steve Harvey’s act of generosity, the new song from Beyoncé, plus we take your questions and a lot more!



1.Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars, "BLOW"

2.Jorja Smith, "Love (Goodbyes Reprise)

3.Thom Yorke, "Traffic"

4.Velvet Negroni, "WINE GREEN"

Jul 12, 2019
Episode 723: Rachel Cruze

On today’s show, we talk with financial expert Rachel Cruze about what this generation should have learned from the recession, why it can be OK to spend a lot on nice things and why it's important to following your calling. Plus, we discuss why so many Christians don’t consult their pastors about life decisions, learn about a scandal in the Christian publishing world, answer your “Ask the Cast” questions and a lot more!

Jul 09, 2019
Episode 722: Tedashii

On today's podcast, pastor and hip-hop artist Tedashii joins us to announce the 100th RELEVANT Magazine. Also, the gang talks about the worst tattoos they've ever seen, debate the merits of a Matrix reboot and Tyler reveals a dark secret from his past.

Jul 05, 2019
Episode 721: Pete Holmes

On today’s show we talk with comedian, actor, podcaster and the author of the new book Comedy Sex God about his upbringing in the church and how his own faith journey has evolved. And for the 4th of July week, we bring back our favorite annual tradition: A listener joins us for a new round of Indie-Rock Band or Firework!

Jul 02, 2019
Episode 720: For King & Country

On today’s show, we talk with For King & Country about their new collaboration with Timbaland and Echosmith “God Only Knows” and why their music means so much to people looking for hope.

 Also, Science Mike joins us for the whole show as we discuss the upcoming justice reform docuseries Free Meek, Andy Mineo’s struggle with doubt, Rich Wilkerson Jr.’s viral sermon, plus we take your questions and a lot more!



1.Winnetka Bowling League, "Cloudy With A Chance of Sun"

2.Blake Rose, "Lost"

3.Stormzy, "Crown"

4.SOAK, "Deja Vu"

Jun 27, 2019
Episode 719: Gary Dauberman

On today’s podcast, we talk with writer and filmmaker Gary Dauberman about his latest movie Annabelle Comes Home and the role that faith plays in modern horror films. The gang also discusses how podcasts are revolutionizing the way young people consume information, NASA’s plan to bring tourists to space, a massive experiment to measure honesty around the world and a lot more!

Jun 25, 2019
Episode 718: Karen Swallow Prior

On today’s show, we talk with author Karen Swallow Prior about how to engage some of culture’s most pressing social and cultural issues.

We also discuss the latest celebrity to rock PreachersNSneakers gear, Jim Gaffigan’s new movie about snake-handling church, for KING & COUNTRY’s new collaboration with Timbaland and a lot more!



1.courtship., "Guy Stuff"

2.flor, "dancing around"

3.Lucy Daydream, "Dizzy"

4.Hope Tala, "Lovestained"

Jun 21, 2019
Episode 717: Tim Tebow

On the latest podcast, we talk with Tim Tebow about the film he’s executive produced called Run the Race and why he thinks faith-based movies are getting better. We also learn why millennials are “afraid” to take lunch breaks, discuss the accusations that the lyric site Genius has lobbed at Google, find out about an Irish island that is begging Americans to move there and a lot more!

Jun 18, 2019
Episode 716: Max Lucado

On today’s show, we talk with author and pastor Max Lucado about the real secrets to finding happiness. We also discuss Jon Stewart’s emotional address to Congress on behalf of 9/11 first responders, Terrence Malick’s upcoming film about the teachings of Jesus (sort of), Arcade Fire’s initiative to help the people of Haiti, hear from a new Listener of the Week and a lot more!

Jun 14, 2019
Episode 715: Phil Wickham

On today's show, we talk with Phil Wickham about his new album Singalong 4 and the power of intimate worship. We also discuss a new brain implant that will improve your memory, the Church of England’s new investment into the marijuana industry, a guaranteed way to become a morning person, plus your feedback and a lot more!



1.Avicii, "Hold the Line (feat. A R I Z O N A)" 

2.Tame Impala, "Patience"

3.Litany, "My Dude"

4.Kishi Bashi, "F Delano"

Jun 11, 2019
Episode 714: Hillsong Young & Free

On today’s show, we talk with Hillsong Young & Free’s Aodhan King about their new collaboration with Andy Mineo, the tension between entertainment and worship and the heart behind their unique brand of praise.

Also, Jamie Ivey joins us as we discuss Wendy’s new pro-adoption campaign, how Aladdin star Naomi Scott is helping communities in need, Steve Kerr’s plea for sensible gun regulation, plus we take your questions and a lot more!



1.Clairo, "Bags"

2.Tycho, "Pink & Blue (feat. Saint Sinner)"

3.Fitz & The Tantrums, "I Need Help!"

4.Koffee, "Toast"

Jun 07, 2019
Episode 713: Heather Avis

On today’s show, we talk with author Heather Avis about her new book Scoot Over and Make Some Room and why churches need to do a better job fostering diverse communities. We also breakdown the new Rambo trailer, hear your ideas for CCM supergroups, listen to why millennials are more open to conversations about faith than previous generations and a lot more!

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1.Chance the Rapper, "GRoCERIES feat. TisaKorean & Murda Beatz)"


3.VÉRITÉ, "gone"

4.The National, "Rylan"

Jun 04, 2019
Episode 712: Jordan Lee Dooley

On today’s show, we talk with author and speaker Jordan Lee Dooley about her new book Own Your Every Day and why being successful means more than just accomplishing your personal goals.

We also hear from a new listener of the week and discuss the upcoming Between Two Ferns movie, MacKenzie Bezos’ massive show of generosity, Seth MacFarlane’s friendship with one of his most fierce conservative critics and a ton more!


1.Peggy Gou, "Starry Night"

2.Whethan & Bearson, "Win You Over (feat. SOAK)"

3.Electric Guest, "Dear To Me"

4.Flor, "dancing around"

May 31, 2019
Episode 711: Louie Giglio

On today’s show, we talk with Passion City Church pastor and author of the new book Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father, Louie Giglio about how reframing your view of God the Father can revitalize your faith.

We also discuss a new CCM supergroup, learn about why so many people don’t have anyone to confide in, Annie tells us about a new true crime mystery and a lot more!

May 28, 2019
Episode 710: Erwin McManus

On the new podcast, we talk with author and pastor Erwin McManus about the importance of self-care—especially for people wanting to make an impact in the world. Also, Bianca Olthoff returns as we discuss Sia leading worship at Kanye’s latest Sunday Service, Selena Gomez’s thoughts on the dangers of social media, Chance the Rapper’s new single and a lot more.

We also play a brand-new game that will put your knowledge of cheesy Christian movies to the test!



1.Omar Apollo, "So Good"

2.Tones and I, "Johnny Run Away"

3.IDER, "Wu Baby"

May 24, 2019
Episode 709: The Japanese House

On today’s show, we talk with Amber Bain, also known as The Japanese House, about how dealing with personal struggles led to her acclaimed debut album Good at Falling. The gang also discusses a new biopic about a legendary gospel duo, why millennials are forgoing expensive engagement rings, your mission trip horror stories and a lot more!


1.Local Natives, "When Am I Gonna Lose You"

2.Vampire Weekend, "Harmony Hall"

3.YEBBA, "Evergreen"

4.The Japanese House, "Maybe You're the Reason"

May 21, 2019
Episode 708: Ben Higgins

On the latest episode, Propaganda joins us along with special guest Ben Higgins, the star of 'The Bachelor' season 20. Also, the gang talks about the cringiest Christian re-writes of pop hits, the true story of a pastor-turned master thief and Jesse pitches his idea for a new film franchise in which he'll co-star alongside Lecrae.

May 17, 2019
Episode 707: Tony Hale

On the latest podcast, we talk with Tony Hale about how he stays presents, how his faith informs his career and how he finds redemption in playing (hilariously) broken people. Also, the gang discusses Jeff Bezos' plan to colonize space, a bold new idea to make going to the movies more relaxing, how many close friends you should have, plus we take your Twitter questions and a lot more!

May 14, 2019
Episode 706: Kings Kaleidoscope
On today’s show, we talk with Kings Kaleidoscope about their moving new album Zeal, and how to overcome cynicism.
Also, Liz Forkin Bohannon joins us for the whole show as we discuss a surprising admission from Focus on the Family, Justin Bieber’s message about mental health, Chadwick Boseman’s next film and a lot more!
1.Judah & The Lion, "Pep Talks"
2.Of Monster and Men, "Alligator"
3.King Kaleidoscope, "Zeal"
4.Weval, "The Weight"
May 10, 2019
Episode 705: Remembering Rachel Held Evans

On today’s show, we listen back to some of our interviews with author Rachel Held Evans, who tragically passed away this past weekend. We reflect back on the power of her writing and the legacy she left behind.

The gang also discusses Jesse's airport nightmare, why mothers are so important when it comes to shaping the faith of their children, a viral Chance the Rapper prayer, Burger King’s misguided mental health awareness campaign and a lot more.



1.Bastille, "Joy"

2.LSD, "No New Friends (feat. Sia, Diplo & Labrinth)"

3.Middle Kids, "Beliefs and Prayers"

4.MorMor, "Some Place Else"

May 07, 2019
Episode 704: Joy Williams

On today’s show, we talk with singer Joy Williams about her new album Front Porch and how her life and outlook were affected following the rumors surrounding the breakup of The Civil Wars.

Also, author, speaker and podcaster Jamie Ivey returns as we discuss Michael W. Smith’s tribute gala (yes, Tyler actually attended), hear from the filmmakers behind the upcoming Christian movie industry satire Faith Based, learn about the Obama’s new Frederick Douglass biopic and a lot more!



1.Two Door Cinema Club, "Satellite"

2.Nicole Bus, "You (feat. Rick Ross)"

3.The Marìas, "Clueless" 

May 03, 2019
Episode 703: Judah & the Lion

On today’s show, we talk with indie-rock band Judah & the Lion about the moving story that inspired their brand-new album, Pep Talks.

We also give you an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the new issue of RELEVANT. Plus, we find out how Russia might be weaponizing beluga whales (seriously), learn which words have now been officially added to the dictionary, hear what the Pope had to say to the world’s hairdressers and a lot more!

Apr 30, 2019
Episode 702: Hillsong United

On today’s show, we talk with Joel Houston and Taya of Hillsong United about their powerful new album “People” and getting back to the roots of worship. The gang also discusses a controversy surrounding the new J.R.R. Tolkien biopic, learn about an upcoming satirical comedy about the Christian movie industry, hear your most embarrassing work stories and lot more!

Apr 26, 2019
Episode 701: Johnnyswim

On today’s show, we talk with Johnnyswim about their brand-new album, Moonlight. We also discuss why a 9-to-5 job might not be good for you, hear about a church Easter sermon that went off the rails, learn why beards might not be the best facial hair option and a lot more!

Apr 23, 2019
Episode 700: Rooney Mara

On today’s show (our 700th episode!), we talk with Rooney Mara and filmmaker Garth Davis about their new biopic Mary Magdalene. WE also play a special 700 Club-themed game to mark the occasion, hear Lorde’s cover of “The Sound of Silence,” find out how Amazon might be listening to your Alexa conversations and a ton more!


Apr 19, 2019
Episode 699: Van Jones

On this episode, we chat with CNN commentator Van Jones about how his new TV show explores the idea of restorative justice. The gang also discusses various methods of tipping after a meal, the perks of buffet dining and questions the value of the evangelical community's first stab at a theology of artificial intelligence.

Apr 16, 2019
Episode 698: Amanda Lindsey Cook

On this episode, we talk with Bethel Music's Amanda Lindsey Cook about how her new worship album House on a Hill. We're joined by special guest, The Happy Hour podcast host Jamie Ivey to discuss Kyle Korver's stance against racism, unconventional interview techniques, Jesse's latest tax evasion scheme and lots more!

Apr 12, 2019
Episode 697: Social Club Misfits

On today’s show, Social Club Misfits join us to discuss the heart behind their latest EP Mood and why being vulnerable with God is so essential to their music.

Also, Jamie Tworkowski and rapper Propaganda join us to talk about the controversial Instagram account PreachersNSneakers, we debate the best (and worst) Easter candies, hear how “nones” overtook major Christian denominations as the popular worldview in America and a lot more!

Apr 09, 2019
Episode 696: Taraji P. Henson

On today’s show, we talk with Taraji P. Henson about how her faith informs her life and career. Along with starring in the new film The Best of Enemies about civil rights activist Ann Atwater, Henson also stars in the hit TV show Empire and films including Hustle & Flow and Hidden Figures.

Also, Sseko Designs co-founder Liz Forkin Bohannon joins us for the whole show as we discuss Steph Curry’s new mini-golf game show, listen to Johnnyswim’s new single featuring Michael McDonald, hear Lecrae’s moving thoughts on the legacy of rapper Nipsey Hussle and a lot more!

Apr 05, 2019
Episode 695: Nate Bargatze

On today’s podcast, comedian Nate Bargatze joins us to talk about his new Netflix special The Tennessee Kid, growing up in the church, faith and what he thought of Crashing. Plus, we find out how online churches are actually leading to growth of physical churches, discuss why America is no longer one of the world’s happiest countries, hear the cringiest local news broadcast in history and a lot more!

 [Interview begins at 61:00]


1.Wallows, "Remember When"

2.Kero Kero Bonito, "Swimming"

3.MUNYA, "Benjamin"

4.Logic, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"

Apr 02, 2019
Episode 694: Maria Taylor on Faith and Diversity in Sports

On today’s podcast we talk with CBS’s Million Dollar Mile co-host and ESPN analyst Maria Taylor about the role faith plays in her career and how she is fighting for greater diversity in sports.

Also, rapper Propaganda joins us for the whole show as we discuss Facebook’s crackdown on white nationalism, how Us made a Bible verse into one of the week’s top Google searches, John Mayer’s “How Great Thou Art” cover and a lot more!



1.Anderson .Paak, "King James"

2.Tame Impala, "Patience"

3. Joy Crookes, "Two Nights"


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Mar 29, 2019
Episode 693: Tedashii on Grief and Perseverance

Rapper Tedashii joins us to talk about his brand new album Never Fold and discusses how Christians should approach grief, suffering and ultimately perseverance. Also, Brady Toops sits in as a special guest host as we take your questions, discuss our idea for a new judge-themed TV show, learn about the world’s last Blockbuster Video location and a ton more!

Mar 26, 2019
Episode 692: Highlands Worship

On today’s show, we talk with Highlands Worship about their incredible new album Jesus You Alone, and author and speaker Bianca Olthoff joins us for the whole show!

Plus, World Vision’s Brian Duss explains the significance of World Water Day, how the organization is changing communities around the world and explains how listeners can get involved in the Global 6k for Water with Team RELEVANT. We also hear DMX’s passionate prayer at Kanye West’s latest Sunday Service, discuss Bear Grylls’ new choose-your-own-adventure style Netflix show, lean about the new Mary Magdalene biopic starring Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara and a lot more.



1.Wallows, "Are You Bored Yet (feat. Clairo)"
2.Jai Wolf, "Lose My Mind (feat. Mr. Gabriel)"
3.Highlands Worship, "Who Is Like the Lord"
5.Vampire Weekend, "Sunflower (feat. Steve Lacy)"
Mar 22, 2019
Episode 691: Kim Walker-Smith

On today’s show, Jesus Culture worship leader and author of the new book Brave Surrender, Kim Walker-Smith, opens up about her painful upbringing and how she overcame shame and fear to find deep healing in God.

Plus, the gang learns how Taco Bell hot sauce saved another life, discusses the importance of intergenerational friendships, hears from a new Listener of the Week and a lot more!



1.Kim Walker-Smith, "Throne Room"

2.Tacocat, "Grains of Salt"

3.Glød, "Careless"

Mar 20, 2019
Episode 690: Maggie Rogers

On today's podcast, we talk with indie-pop singer Maggie Rogers about her critically acclaimed new album Heard It in a Past Life. The gang also plays a truly unforgettable game with a listener, discusses HBO’s new Leaving Neverland docuseries, learns how the NBA is combating hate speech, hears the new single from Hillsong United and a lot more!



1.Albert Hammond Jr., "Fast Times"

2.Gold Fir, "Mania"

3.Barrie, "Clovers"

4.Celeste, "Father's Son"

Mar 15, 2019
Episode 689: LIVE — Shane Claiborne

On today’s show, author and activist Shane Claiborne discusses how Christians can address America’s gun violence problem and the vision behind his new book “Beating Guns.” The gang also finds out the most popular things people are giving up for Lent, hears how Nickelback became the subject of a congressional debate, discusses the merits of training for a run and a lot more!

Mar 12, 2019
Episode 688: David Curry

On today’s show, Open Doors USA President and CEO David Curry tells us about the shocking levels of persecution facing Christian churches in China. We also look at (another) controversial Christian comic book currently in the works, hear about Mindy Kaling’s record-breaking new movie, learn how Jaden Smith teamed up with a local church to help fight the Flint water crisis and a lot more!



1.Small Pools, "People Watching"

2.Boy Pablo, "Feeling Lonely"

3.Another Sky, "Apple Tree"

Mar 08, 2019
Episode 687: LIVE — Joel McHale
On today's show, we talk with actor and comedian Joel McHale about why he thinks Jesus would enjoy reality TV and why going to church is such an important part of his life. We also learn why you should maybe think twice before turning on music while you multi-task, find out why non-believers think Christians should listen more, hear from a brand-new Listener of the Week and a lot more!
Mar 05, 2019
Episode 686: Jerry Lorenzo

On today’s show, designer, entrepreneur and mastermind behind the brand FEAR OF GOD, Jerry Lorenzo, opens up about his own story of faith and redemption, and explains how he’s using fashion to change culture.

Plus, we hear Stephen Colbert and Conan O’Brien open up about their faith backgrounds, listen to how Serena Williams is inspiring young female athletes, check out Kanye’s latest “Sunday Service” and a lot more!

1.Nilüfer Yanya, "Tears"
2.Georgia, "Started Out"
3.Omar Apollo, "Ashamed"
4.SOAK, "Knock Me Off My Feet"
Mar 01, 2019
Episode 685: LIVE — DeVon Franklin

On today's show, filmmaker, speaker and author DeVon Franklin discusses how Christians should address toxic masculinity—and his upcoming movie about the inventor of Flaming Hot Cheetos (seriously, it sounds great). Also, the gang discusses how A.I. is influencing religious services, we take your questions for the cast live and a lot more!

Feb 26, 2019
Episode 684: Brian Johnson

On today's podcast, the gang debates Jesse's contribution to the podcast, discusses Colin Kaepernick's settlement with the NFL and hears from Bethel's Brian Johnson about his new book about his struggles with mental health.

Feb 22, 2019
Episode 683: LIVE — Christians & Conspiracy Theories

On today’s show, we discuss the rise of conspiracy theories and why so many young Christians have started to believe them. We also learn about religion’s link to happiness, Eddie brings us a terrifying new “Revelation Revelation,” we hear why you should always order dessert first, plus a new Listener of the Week and a ton more!

Feb 19, 2019
Episode 682: Jonathan Merritt

On today’s show, we talk with author and reporter Jonathan Merritt about the sexual abuse scandal unfolding in the Southern Baptist Convention—and how to prevent abuse in the future.

That gang also discusses the new faith-inspired single from John Legend, the Christine Caine teaching that has changed Chris Pratt’s life, the upcoming Breaking Bad movie and a lot more!

Feb 15, 2019
Episode 681: LIVE — Young the Giant

On today’s show, we talk with indie-rock outfit Young the Giant about their acclaimed new album, Mirror Master.

Also, because it’s our very own Big Cat’s birthday, we hear from listeners for a very special “Ask Eddie” segment. Plus, a look at Valentine’s Day spending, Annie brings us a true crime story like none you’ve ever heard and a lot more!

Feb 12, 2019
Episode 680: Margaret Feinberg

On today’s show, we talk with author Margaret Feinberg about her new book Taste and See, and why God wants us to understand what, how and why we eat in a different way.

We also discuss the end of Gungor, Ashton Kutcher’s viral pro-life video, Zaxby’s going after Chick-fil-A for closing on Sundays, the new prayer emojis and a lot more!



1.COIN, "I Want It All"

2.The Japanese House, "Maybe You're the Reason"

3. Jade Bird, "Love Has All Been Done Before"

Feb 09, 2019
Episode 679: LIVE — Bob Goff

On today’s show, we debut our new live weekly format! Every Tuesday, you can now watch the episode recorded live and interact with us on Facebook and YouTube. Plus more big news: Eddie rejoins the cast! Also, author Bob Goff joins us to talk about how to pursue a life of purpose and a lot more. We’re also joined live by a listener for a very special game that once and for all reveals the Super Bowl halftime performer the world has been waiting for. Plus, we take your live feedback, bring you the news you (kind of) need to know and a lot more!

Feb 05, 2019
Episode 678: Jon Foreman

On today’s show, we talk with Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman about the band’s brand-new album Native Tongue, and why the world needs hope now more than ever.

We also hear about how Patton Oswalt helped out an internet hater in a truly awesome way, discuss Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Bible-based support of the environment (and shoutout to RELEVANT), Black Panther returning to theaters and a ton more!


1.Karen O, "Woman"

2.Maggie Rogers, "Burning"

3.Alice Merton, "Funny Business"

Feb 01, 2019
Episode 677: Tim Keller

On today’s show, we talk with New York’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church founder and author of the new book The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God’s Mercy, Tim Keller, about what the Sunday school story of Jonah and the whale can teach us about modern issues.

The gang also hears about the controversy surrounding public school field trips to the Creation Museum, discusses the new Fyre Festival documentaries, learns about Uber’s self-driving scooters and a lot more!

Jan 29, 2019
Episode 676: Jenn Johnson

We talk with Jenn Johnson about the inspiration behind the powerful new Bethel Music album Victory.

We also find out how James Corden (may have?) stolen our space camp material, hear about John Boyega’s new movie about a “gangster-turned pastor,” discuss the new project from the team behind The Office, listen to the new John Crist bit and a lot more!


1.LANKS, "Spiritual Man"

2.Broods, "Everything Goes (Wow)"

3.James Blake, "Where's the Catch?"

Jan 25, 2019
Episode 675: Lauren Winner

On today’s show, we talk with author and speaker Lauren Winner about her new book The Dangers of Christian Practice, which revisits the roots of church traditions, not only to find out how they can negatively impact culture, but how modern Christians can correct them and find a new way forward.

The gang also talks to a high-flying listener of the week, hears Annie excitement about the possibility of touring the Peeps factory and a ton more!


1.Said the Whale, “Wake Up”

2.Easy Life, “Temporary Love, Pt. 1”

3.Moses, “Cause You Got Me”

4.Emily King, “Can’t Hold Me”

Jan 23, 2019
Episode 674: Francis Chan

On today’s show, we talk with author and Bible teacher Francis Chan about his trip to the Holy Land and his powerful new video series on the book of Mark. The gang also discusses the controversial new Gillette ad, Chris Pratt’s Daniel Fast, Kanye’s new church project and a ton a more!



1.Sharon Van Etten, “Seventeen”

2.SYML, “Clean Eyes”

3.Drake, “God’s Plan”

Jan 18, 2019
Episode 673: Passion

On today’s show, we talk to Passion about their latest live release Follow You Anywhere, discuss America’s declining trust in clergy and contrast Jesse and Annie’s respective methods for dealing with their assistants.


1.Zuzu, “Can’t Be Alone”

2.Alice Merton, “Why So Serious”

3.Joji, “NO FUN”

Jan 15, 2019
Episode 672: Levi Lusko

On today’s show, we talk with author and pastor Levi Lusko about his book I Declare War, and Annie finally embraces her true calling as a cowgirl extraordinaire.



1.Cut Copy, “Ocean Blue”

2.Your Smith, “Bad Smith (Japanese Wallpaper Remix)”

3.Kodak Black, “Calling My Spirit”

Jan 11, 2019
Episode 671: John Pavlovitz

On today’s show, we talk with author John Pavlovitz about his new book Hope and Other Super Powers and how Christians of all backgrounds can find common ground.

The gang also hear’s about an insane scandal involving the world’s oldest person, discusses an Australian conspiracy theory, talks to a new Listener of the Week and a lot more!


1.Myd, “Muchas (feat. Cola Boyy)”

2.The Avett Brothers, “Trouble Letting Go”

3.The Trp, “Dragos in the Moma”

Jan 08, 2019
Episode 670: Tori Kelly

On today’s show we talk with pop star Tori Kelly—who appears on the cover of the brand-new issue of RELEVANT—about her faith and her latest gospel-inspired album Hiding Place.

The gang also hears why Clemson star Trevor Lawrence cares more about faith than football, gets a first look at the new sitcom about answering prayer called Miracle Workers, listens to one of the greatest church bloopers of all time and a ton more!


1.Fly Felix, “Beautiful Animal”

2.The Raconteurs, “Sunday Driver”

3.Stevan, “She Goes”

4.Furns, “Life Is Easy”

Jan 04, 2019
Episode 669: The Best of 2018

It’s that time of year where we look back at some of our best interviews, live performances and moments from 2018. Come for John Legend, Lisa Gungor, Johnnyswim, Ethan Hawke, Christine Caine, Ira Glass and others and stay for the Chili’s unboxing and our annual outro compilation.


1.Neon Indian, “Heaven’s Basement (Theme From 86’d)”

Dec 28, 2018
Episode 668: Bryan and Katie Torwalt

On today’s show, we talk with Bryan and Katie Torwalt about their powerful new album Praise Before My Breakthrough and the inspiration behind its most meaningful songs.

The gang also hears about Merriam Webster’s 2018 word of the year, listens to Amy Grant’s Christmas-themed “Tiny Desk” concert, discusses the importance of sabbaticals and a lot more!


1.Miley Cyrus, Mark Ronson Feat. Sean Ono Lennon, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”

2.Judah & the Lion, “Pep Talk + Quarter-Life Crisis

3.Broken Bells, “Shelter”

Dec 21, 2018
Episode 667: Judah and Chelsea Smith

On today’s show, we talk with Seattle’s Churchome founders and pastors Judah and Chelsea Smith about their new Churchome app and their vision for the future of church.

The gang also hears about NASA’s new theory on extraterrestrial intelligent life, learns how sharing a meme might get you sued, debates how many Christmas lights are too many Christmas lights, gives some life-changing Ask Jesse advice and a lot more!


1.Mumford & Sons, “Rose of Sharon”

2.Munnycat, “Check It”

3.Johnnyswimm, “The Christmas Waltz”

4.Ron Kenoly, “Ancient of Days”

Dec 19, 2018
Episode 666: St. Paul & the Broken Bones

On today’s show, we talk with St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ frontman Paul Janeway about their new album Young Sick Camellia and how his family tree and his religious, southern roots shaped him as a person and an artist.

The gang also discusses Chance the Rapper’s sabbatical to read the Bible, passionately debates the artistic merits of Michael W. Smith’s hit “Friends”, hears Chris Pratt’s Christmas-themed mini-sermon and a lot more!


1.Myd, “The Sun”

2.Wet, “You’re Not Wrong”

3.Lauren Daigle, “Winter Wonderland”

Dec 14, 2018
Episode 665: Chrissy Metz

On the latest episode of The RELEVANT Podcast, This Is Us star Chrissy Metz joins us to talk about her new movie, Breakthrough. Plus, Jesse regales the listeners with his feats of naval navigation, the gang tries to figure out why two nuns would go on a crime spree and everyone debates baby naming etiquette.


1.Theophilus London, “Only You (feat. Tame Impala)”

2.Aretha Franklin, “Winter Wonderland”


Dec 11, 2018
Episode 664: The RELEVANT Podcast Christmas Spectacular

Common Sense Media Gave it 4 out 5 stars.

On today’s very special “RELEVANT Christmas Spectacular presented by Brightpeak,” we channel holiday variety show specials of yesteryear.

Along with the slices, banter and randomness you’ve come to expect there are also Christmas miracles, an elf, a dangerous snowstorm and yes, actual magic.

You don’t want to miss this one.

Dec 07, 2018
Episode 663: Lauren Daigle

On this episode of the RELEVANT Podcast, Lauren Daigle tells us all about her breakthrough second album Look Up Child, and Eddie takes us deep into the pages of his favorite Christian romance prairie novel. Plus, the return of Listener of the Week.

Sign up to join us for the RELEVANT Podcast Christmas Spectacular!


1. Fly Felix, “Beautiful Animal”

2. VICTOR!, “U Got My”

3. She & Him, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

Dec 04, 2018
Episode 662: Blake Mycoskie

On this week’s show, TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie joins us to talk about the new activism initiatives at his company. The gang also breaks down the nostalgic new Lion King trailer, a savage takedown from Ellen Pompeo and your craziest Black Friday stories.”

Sign up to join us for the RELEVANT Podcast Christmas Spectacular!


1. All Tvvins, “Infinite Swim”

2. Foster the People, “Worst Nites”

3. Quad City DJ’s, The 69 Boyz and K-Nock, “All Star Christmas”

Nov 30, 2018
Episode 661: Yvonne Orji

On today’s episode of the podcast, we talk with actress Yvonne Orji about her role as Molly in the HBO series ‘Insecure,’ and how her time in Hollywood fueled her faith. The gang also discusses an underwater hotel, bedazzled pigeons and a woman hospitalized for forgetting to drink water for fifteen years. Yep, it’s about as weird as it sounds.

Sign up to join us for the RELEVANT Podcast Christmas Spectacular!


1. Stevie Wonder, “What Christmas Means to Me”

2. Tyler, The Creator, “Lights On (feat. Ryan Beatty & Santigold)”

3. Hillsong Worship, “Seasons”

Nov 27, 2018
Episode 660: Levi Lusko

Pastor and author Levi Lusko joins us in a preview of the newest podcast from RELEVANT: Unedited w/ Cameron Strang, which debuts on Monday. Then the gang discusses Amazon’s NYC headquarters, Stan Lee’s death, ‘Monopoly for Millennials’ and a lot more.


1. Run-DMC, “Christmas In Hollis”

2. Shame, “Feliz Navidad”

3. Lauren Daigle, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Nov 24, 2018
Episode 659: John Crist

On our latest episode, comedians John Crist and Aaron Chewning join us in the studio to play some PureFlix trivia, talk about their current tour and discuss why they don’t have TV shows. We also break down some oddball slices concerning late-night online purchases, belated gifts from lost ex-girlfriends and a whole lot more!


1. James Bay, “Pink Lemonade”

2.Broods, “Peach”

3.The Marias & Triathalon, “Drip”

Nov 20, 2018
Episode 658: Mark Wahlberg

On this week’s podcast, we’re joined by an old friend who forces us to adapt our usual Ask Jesse segment to something with a little more balance. Also, our thoughts on Pete Davidson’s big apology, Jerry Lorenzo’s frank mental health comments and why our listeners apparently don’t feel the need to apologize for anything.


1. Mainland, “Hometown”

2.Loud Forest, “Hold On”

3.Tee Grizzley, “Wake Up (feat. Chance the Rapper)”

Nov 16, 2018
Episode 657: The Lone Bellow

On today’s show, The Lone Bellow join us to talk about their new album, ‘The Restless.’ The gang also tries to solve the mystery of a disappearing island in China, survives yet another round of Ask Jesse, debates the moral quandaries posed by self-driving cars, and a whole lot more!


1. Mike Posner, “Song About You”

2.Dennis Lloyd, “Nevermind (Alright)”

3.James Arthur, “Empty Space”

Nov 13, 2018
Episode 656: David Crowder

On today’s show, Crowder joins us to talk about his brand new album ‘I Know a Ghost.‘ The crew also hears the story of a former Christian music star who landed a major part in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,‘ discusses Lauren Daigle’s response to her critics, talks about the latest ‘Saturday Night Live’ controversy and a lot more!


1. morgxn, “home (feat. WALK THE MOON)”

2.AJR, “Burn the House Down”

3.Hen Ogledd, “Tiny Witch Hunter”

4.Rhett Miller, “I Used To Write In Notebooks”

Nov 09, 2018
Episode 655: Sarah Reeves

This week, we talk with worship artist Sarah Reeves about her amazing new album “Easy Never Needed You.” We also talk about a superhuman football player, learn how the internet got pranked by a burrito-eating Bieber, hear why Twitter might get rid of the “Like” button and a ton more.


1. Toro Y Moi, “Freelance”

2.Rhett Miller, “I Used To Write In Books”

3.KWAYE, “Straight Lines”

Nov 06, 2018
Episode 654: Sean Feucht

This week, we talk with worship artist Sean Feucht about his moving new album, Wild, and hear behind-the-scenes stories that inspired some of its most powerful songs. The gang discusses Lena Dunham’s new refugee movie, hear about how World Series star Mookie Betts is serving the Boston homeless community, hear your ideas for new state slogans, plus a lot more!


1.Miya Folick, “Stop Talking”

2.The Farside, “Officer”

3.Beach House, “Alien”

4. Mr. Twin Sister, “‘Alien FM”

Nov 02, 2018
Episode 653: Dr. Eric Mason

On today’s podcast, we talk with pastor and author Dr. Eric Mason about the need for Christians to address racial injustice. We also find out which states really, really like candy corn, recap Cameron and Jesse’s trip to space camp and a lot more!


1.okaywill, “Emotional”

2.The 1975, “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)”

3.Bob Moses, “Back Down”

4. Elle King, “Baby Outlaw”

5. Karma Rhythm, “Nineteen”

Oct 30, 2018
Episode 652: The Brilliance

This week, we talk with The Brilliance about their stirring new album The Dreamers Suite, made in partnership with the nonprofit organization World Relief. Our old friend Adam Smith also joins us to discuss Steph Curry’s new film with DeVon Franklin, Kristen Bell’s take on Snow White’s problematic message, Nebraska’s very sad new state slogan and a lot more!


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1.BADBADNOTGOOD & Little Dragon, “Tried”

2.Dominic Like, “3 Nights”

3.Post Malone & Swae Lee, “Sunflower”

Oct 26, 2018
Episode 651: John Mark Comer

On today’s show, we talk with pastor and “God Has a Name” author John Mark Comer about how our names for God affect our relationship with Him. Plus, a world’s-biggest-bear debate between Annie and Jesse heats up, we hear another round of #AskJesse questions and a lot more!


1.Isaac Lewis, “Easy Minded”

2.Astrid S, “Emotion”

3.Mansur Brown, “Back South”

Oct 23, 2018
Episode 650: Christon Gray

This week, we talk with rapper Christon Gray who gives a behind-the-scenes look at his brand new “Clear the Heir.” We hear about how Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert might go to church together, discuss the surprisingly moving faith content of “Young Sheldon,” learn about how Lauren Daigle led worship at a maximum-security prison plus a lot more!


1.fern, “Are U There”

2.Maggie Rogers, “Light On”

3.Joji, “CAN’T GET OVER YOU (feat. Clams Casino)”

Oct 19, 2018
Episode 649: Jesus Culture

This week, Jesus Culture stops by the studio to perform songs from their brand new album Living With a Fire. We also hear the surprising secret to breaking Guinness World Records, discuss a stranger-than-usual piece of Christian artwork, learn how science is connecting people’s brains plus a lot more!


1.Hellogoodbye, “S’only Natural”

2.Max Frost, “Sometimes”

3.Lecrae & Andy Mineo, “Coming in Hot”

4.Men I Trust, “Seven”

Oct 16, 2018
Episode 648: Christine Caine

This week, we talk with author, speaker and A21 founder Christine Caine about evangelism, changing the world and her work fighting human trafficking. The gang also discusses street artist Banksy’s latest stunt, Netflix picking up Narnia, the next Jon Stewart project and a lot more!


1.Methyl Ethel, “Scream Whole”

2.KB, “Long Live the Champion (feat. GabrielRodriguezEMC & Yariel)”

3.Young the Giant, “Call Me Back”

Oct 12, 2018
Episode 647: Andy Mineo

On today’s show, Andy Mineo walks us through some of the standout tracks on his new EP “The Sword.” We also hear another round of your Ask Jesse questions, learn why “Steak ‘Ems” have become the unexpected voice of a generation, hear the truth about crosswalk buttons and a lot more!


1.A R I Z O N A, “Freaking Out”

2.Cub Sport, “Hawaiian Party”

3.Yellow Days, “How Can I Love You?”

Oct 09, 2018
Episode 646: for KING & COUNTRY

This week, For King & Country stops by the RELEVANT Studio for an incredible live performance of songs off their new album, Burn the Ships. We also discuss the controversial new Simpsons season premiere, hear Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin bring church to The Late Late Show, read your amazing pun-based Christian business ideas and a lot more!


1.Kodaline, “Follow Your Fire”

2.Empress Of, “Love For Me”

3.Blood Orange, “Orlando”

4.alt-J,”In Cold Blood (feat. Pusha T)”

Oct 05, 2018
Episode 645: Scott Harrison

This week, we talk with charity:water founder Scott Harrison about his sweeping new book “Thirst,” in which he traces his path from nightclub mogul to founder of one of the world’s most innovative charities. We also reflect on the weirdness of “Perfect Strangers,” answer your “Ask Jesse” questions and a lot more!


1.Yves Tumor, “Noid”

2.The 1975, “Sincerity is Scary”

3.Maribou State, “Kingdom (feat. North Downs)”

Oct 02, 2018
Episode 644: Elevation Worship

On this week’s show, we talk with Elevation Worship about their personal, grounded new album Hallelujah Here Below. The gang also hears about Carson Wentz’s free food truck, checks out Mumford & Sons’ new spiritually-themed track, discusses Jon Hamm’s provocative thoughts on mental health, plus your feedback and a lot more!


1. Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness, “Ohio”

2.Young & Sick, “Sleepyhead”

3.Khalid, “Better”

Sep 28, 2018
Episode 643: Tim Tebow

On today’s show, we talk with pro athlete, author and speaker Tim Tebow about why you shouldn’t wait to start pursuing your calling. We also give some life-changing advice as part of our Ask Jesse segment, hear about the dangers of Netflix binging and a lot more!


1. Samm Henshaw, “Broke”

2.Arlie, “water damage”

3.Father John Misty, “Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All”

Sep 25, 2018
Episode 642: Wild Nothing

On today’s show, we talk with indie artist Wild Nothing about their incredible new album Indigo. We also discuss the dangers of burning out, Mark Wahlberg’s insane daily schedule, Elon Musk, the faith of Odell Beckham Jr. and a lot more!


1. Hozier, “Nina Cried Power”

2.Loud Forest, “Hold On”

3.LANY, “Thick And Thin”

4. Dej Loaf, “Liberated”

Sep 21, 2018
Episode 641: Mosaic MSC

On today’s show, we talk with Mosaic MSC about their evocative and stirring new EP “Heaven.” Plus, we discuss an incredible thrift store find and bust some myths about Australia before Adam Smith joins us for a special tag-team edition of Ask Jesse!


1. Royal Canoe, “Rayz”

2.DJ Koze, “Pick Up”

3.Lauren Daigle, “You Say”

Sep 18, 2018
Episode 640: Andy Stanley—and Chili’s

It’s finally here: On today’s show, Chandler opens the Chili’s mysterious box. (You won’t be disappointed.)

We also talk with pastor and author Andy Stanley about how reexamining the original message of Jesus can change the world. Plus, we hear a new song from Tori Kelly, listen to Stephen Colbert and Yvonne Orji discuss the Holy Spirit on late-night TV, talk about John Legend’s EGOT win and a lot more!


1. Yumi Zouma, “In Camera”

2.NF, “Lie”

3.Metric, “Now or Never Now”

Sep 14, 2018
Episode 639: Foster the People

On today’s show, we talk with Foster the People frontman Mark Foster about how faith—and a sense of social responsibility—helped inspire the group’s latest album Sacred Hearts Club.

We also reflect on memories of Sept. 11, discuss some major changes to “Barnum’s Animal Crackers,” hear some concerning stories from listeners’ family histories and a lot more!


1.Muse, “The Dark Side”

2.Mr Twin Sister, “Echo Arms”

3.Yumi Zouma, “In Camera”

Sep 11, 2018
Episode 638: Craig Groeschel

On today’s show, we talk with Life.Church pastor and author Craig Groeschel about learning how to lean on God, especially during life’s toughest times. The gang also discusses Nike’s controversial new ad campaign, hears from a listener in need of life advice, gets paid a visit from “Bigbone” Smallbone and a lot more!


1.Interpol, ” If You Really Love Nothing”

2.Alessia Cara, “Growing Pains (BRAVVO Remix)”

3.Noah Cyrus & Lil Xan, “Live or Die”

Sep 07, 2018
Episode 637: Francis Chan

This week, we talk with author and preacher Francis Chan about why he stepped down from the megachurch he founded and what he thinks modern Christians get wrong about church. We also discuss a lizard invasion in Florida, the court case involving “In God We Trust” being printed on our money, reflect on “Impact Week” madness and a lot more!

Sep 05, 2018
Episode 636: JOHNNYSWIM

Trent Dabbs joins the show this week, as the gang breaks down the latest issue of RELEVANT magazine, unpacks a meeting with Emma Stone and debuts two brand new performances from Johnnyswim fresh from the RELEVANT studio!

Aug 31, 2018